Thursday, February 7, 2008


Within 17 days time, Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) jins amassed a total of 8 gold, 4 silver, and 6 bronze medals in 2 national and 1 provincial level taekwondo tournaments.

BACSMA, representing the city of Bacolod, took home a 5-4-4 tally during the 2006 Panaad sa Negros Festival Taekwondo Championships last April 25, 2006 at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City. BACSMA took the team championships in the elementary boys category.

BACSMA Panaad gold medalists were Gehru Bedayos of Medel Elementary School (elementary boys), Dustin de Larrazabal of Negros Occidental High School (secondary boys welterweight), Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod Christian Educational Center School (elementary boys), Carl Jason Porras of ETCS-1 (elementary boys), and Myrel Tapang of Sum-ag National High School (secondary girls flyweight).

BACSMA jins taking the silver were Eugene Bedayos of Negros Occidental High School (secondary boys finweight), Shiela de la Cruz of Medel Elementary School (elementary girls), Trisha Lim of La Consolcaion College-Main (secondary girls lightweight), and Hernani Tacorda of Sum-ag National High School (secondary boys bantamweight).

BACSMA Bronze medalists were Roy Dionela of Don Bosco-Victorias (secondary boys featherweight), Richelle Fernandez of Negros Occidental High School (secondary girls featherweight), Roni Jean Raymundo of ETCS-1 (elementary girls), and Stephanie Samonte of Negros Occidental High School (secondary6 girls finweight).

Other BACSMA jins who competed in the Panaad hostilities were Mark Antony Acebedo of Banago Elementary School, Jovie Bedayos of ETCS-1, Allan de Larrazabal of Negros Occidental High School, Roper Iwayan of Mansilingan High School, and Catherine Samonte of Riverside Medical College.

Official coaches for the Bacolod Panaad Taekwondo Team were BACSMA Head Instructor Joel R. Casiple and Mr. Henry Burbano.

Meanwhile, BACSMA jins represented the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) and took home a 1-0-3 medal tally in the 2006 Palarong Pambansa last May 7-11, 2006 in Naga, Camarines Sur.

Krystell Joy S. Kuan of Manapla Elementary School, was crowned champion in the 4’6”-4’9” elementary girls category. Kuan was a gold medalist during the Area 3 Meet (Victorias City), Negros Occidental Provincial Athletic Meet (Bacolod City), and WVRAA Meet (Roxas City). Kuan trained with BACSMA Head Instructor Joel R. Casiple, the official trainor for the WVRAA Secondary Boys Taekwondo Team, to prepare for the event.

BACSMA jins John Robert “JR” Burbano of Castleson High School and Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod Christian Educational Center School took the bronze in the secondary boys featherweight and 4’6”-4’9” elementary boys category respectively.

Two other BACSMA jins, while fighting under the banner of the University of the East (UE), took the championship titles in their respective categories during the 2006 Petron New Face of the Year Taekwondo Championships last May 5-6, 2006 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila.

Dustin de Larrazabal ruled the seniors men bantamweight (advance) division by defeating jins from the Philippine Women’s University, Bulacan State University, and Baguio City in the 3 bouts leading to the championships.

George Bedayos bested jins from Bulacan State University, Region 2, Letran, and Iligan City in 4 bouts to claim the seniors men finweight (advance) crown.

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